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    Taos area in early May?

    Planning to be in Taos/Santa Fe early May in a RV/Trailer. Planning to maybe day trip Santa Fe due to camping costs, but Taos looks like they allow RV parking for free.

    So what's it typically like up there in fairly early May? Still snowy? Mud bog? Trails open?

    For reference, I like moderately technical singletrack - getting less technical as I get older. Not a big freerider.

    Sidebar... any chance the ski mountains might have snow by then that you could hike and ski for a few warm weather runs?

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    I'd bet most stuff on Angel Fire's mountain will be dry or close to.
    It's Better To Die On Your Feet Than To Live On Your Knees. (Emiliano Zapata)

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    Early May in Taos this year means valley and foothills rides...Rift, Horsethief, Talpa Traverse, Trail 18, Miranda Canyon, Divisadero, probably Ojitos and possibly part of Woodpile. Stop by Gearing Up or Taos Cyclery and they'll set you up with maps and guidance. Higher stuff like South Boundary and the Ski Valley trails will still be snowy and muddy.

    Horsethief and Talpa Traverse meet the "moderately technical single track" definition. Rift is easier but fun flowy single track with big views; Trail 18 and Miranda Canyon are easier and scenic double track; Divisadero is a burner technical climb that will blow up your lungs; Ojitos is another burner climb with more challenging technical descent; Woodpile is epic fast flowy single/doubletrack in the forest but probably not quite ready yet.

    Lots of free camping all over the place. If you need RV hookups you're limited to one private campground out near Taos Mesa Brewing.

    Not sure about Angel Fire that time of year.

    Pretty good snow year with some good late season dumps..you'll be able to hike to skiable snow up at/around Taos Ski Valley for sure.

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    Thanks for the feedback guys. Sounds well worth a stop.

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